' Pride and Prejudice,' by Jane Austen Read by Mr. RONALD WATKINS
MR. HONALD WATKINS' readings from
' 'Pride and Prejudice' have proved immensely popular, mainly because the wit, delicacy and flavour of the book have been admirably caught and conveyed by the reader. Readings continue today from the middle of Chapter XLVI (p. 237, Everyman Edition). We resume in the middle of the difficult subtle process by which Jane Austen shows Elizabeth's former aversion to Darcy melting through gratitude and esteem to affection. But other issues complicate her personal problems. The elopement of her younger sister Lydia with the double-faced Wickham throws the household into confusion. Elizabeth blames herself for the unlucky event, the amiable Jane will blame no one, and Mrs. Bennet blames ' everybody but the person to whose ill-judging indulgence the errors of her daughter must be principally owing.'